Proceed to the Sutter Home Build A Better Burger Website (www.buildabetterburger.com) and click on the “Enter The Contest” link.
Scroll down to “How To Enter” and fill out the required fields.
Complete the requested registration information. You may also choose to include an optional Cooking Tip and/or click the “Find File” button to select a picture to upload. Once you have selected your picture and completed the requested registration information, click “Submit.” Please note that uploading a photograph is strongly encouraged, but not required. A photo is not part of the judging criteria or process.
Receive an entry confirmation email. (Until you receive this entry confirmation email, your submission is undergoing review to ensure it complies with the Official Rules, and is not yet considered a valid entry into the contest).
Scroll down to “How To Enter” and fill out the required fields including:
Cooking Tip (Optional)
Upload Picture File (Optional)
Cook-Off Region & Date (Based on State of Legal Residence)
How You Heard About The Contest
Once you click the “Submit" button, you should see a "Thank You" page on your internet browser. This page confirms that your recipe has been received and submitted into a review process to ensure that it complies with the Official Rules. Please note that while your recipe is undergoing review, it is not yet considered a valid entry into the contest.
Once your recipe is reviewed, you will receive a confirmation email at the email address you supplied on the registration form. If your recipe complies with the Official Rules, this confirmation email will state that your submission has been accepted as an approved entry into the contest. If your recipe is not accepted as an approved entry, the email will detail the reasons why your recipe was declined.
Yes. If you received a rejection email, fix what is wrong and resubmit it. Once submitted, it will go through the approval process again. If it is approved, you will receive a confirmation email stating your recipe was accepted.
Yes, but you will need to resubmit and it will be counted as a separate entry if approved.
You can submit as many as you want within the Contest Entry Period.
Yes. To enter by mail, hand print your contact information, the name of your Burger and text for your Recipe on a plain piece of paper to: "Sutter Home Build A Better Burger® Recipe Contest”, c/o One Line Sports Agency, P.O. Box 610505, Bayside, NY 11361-0505. Group and mechanically reproduced entries, including photocopies, are not eligible.
Your recipe must be uploaded and registered online by 11:59:59PM ET on July 31, 2021. Mail-in entries must be postmarked by July 31, 2021.
At least 21 years old.
Using elements or recipes that somebody else created and/or owns, and that you do not have permission to use.
If you use a company's name, logo or brand likeness without their permission.
Submission may not refer to any company/brand or food or beverage brands other than Sutter Home.
All burgers must be composed of grilled patties formed from ground beef or ground alternative foods (i.e. plant-based meats, chicken, fish, lamb, turkey, seafood, pork, other) prepared on a gas or charcoal grill, served on buns, other bread products, or alternative wrappings such as lettuce.
Each recipe must include readily available ingredients and use standard, unabbreviated U.S. measurements, (i.e., cups, tablespoons, teaspoons, ounces, or pounds), specific amounts for each ingredient (i.e., number of lettuce leaves, exact teaspoons of salt and pepper; do not say “to taste” for any ingredient, but list exact amount so reviewers can judge how the burger will taste). All ingredients used must be listed and no garnishes should accompany the burger.
Each recipe must be written to make six (6) regular-sized burgers or twelve (12) or eighteen (18) small burgers or "sliders."
All recipes must be able to be prepared completely in sixty (60) minutes or less.
No. It must be in English.
Yes. Pick one person to enter, agree to the rules and accept the prize on the group's behalf.
Yes. If you were not selected as a Finalist or Grand-Prize Winner, you may update and resubmit a recipe. If the recipe has been published elsewhere, however, it is ineligible for submission.
Regional Semi-Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges based on the recipe's Perceived Taste Appeal (40%), Creativity (25%), Ease of Preparation (25%) and Perceived Wine Paring (10%).
National Finalists will be chosen by a panel of judges at a series of Regional Semi-Final Cook-Offs based on the recipe’s Taste (40%), Creativity (25%), Ease of Preparation (25%) and Wine Pairing (10%).
The Grand-Prize Winner will be chosen by a panel of judges at a National Final Cook-Off based on the recipe’s Taste (40%), Creativity (25%), Ease of Preparation (25%) and Wine Pairing (10%).
REGIONAL SEMI-FINALIST NOTIFICATION
All Regional Semi-Finalists will be notified by telephone, email or registered mail starting on or about August 16, 2021.
NATIONAL FINALIST NOTIFICATION
National Finalists will be notified at their respective Regional Semi-Finalist Cook-Offs according to the following schedule.
Atlanta, GA on September 7, 2021
Queens, NY on September 10, 2021
Arlington, TX on September 16, 2021
San Diego, CA on September 24, 2021
GRAND PRIZE WINNER NOTIFICATION
Grand-Prize Winner will be notified at the National Final Cook-Off at Sutter Home Winery in St. Helena, CA to be held on October 7, 2021.
REGIONAL SEMI-FINALIST COOK-OFFS
Lot Near Truist Park (Atlanta, GA) on September 7, 2021
Lot Near Citi Field (Queens, NY) on September 10, 2021
Lot Near Globe Life Field (Arlington, TX) on September 16, 2021
Lot Near Petco Park (San Diego, CA) on September 24, 2021
NATIONAL FINALIST COOK-OFF
Sutter Home Winery (St. Helena, CA) on October 7, 2021.
Should a Finalist be unable to attend, the Finalist will be disqualified from the competition. The Sponsor reserves the right, at its sole discretion, to select an alternate Semi-Finalist to participate in the National Final Cook-Off.
Sixteen (16) Semi-Finalist Prizes:
Each Semi-Finalist will receive two (2) professional baseball game tickets in Regional Semi-Finalist Cook-Off city in accordance with the dates listed in the Regional Semi-Finalist Cook-Off schedule and one (1) $200 pre-paid debit card for required burger ingredients.
If Semi-Finalist lives within 300 miles from Regional Semi-Finalist Cook-Off city, Semi-Finalist will be required to provide his/her own ground transportation to and from the event and will receive one (1) $200 pre-paid debit card for fuel, toll expenses and/or any other transportation costs.
If Semi-Finalist lives more than 300 miles from Regional Semi-Finalist Cook-Off city, Semi-Finalist will receive economy-class airfare for two (2) between Semi-Finalist's home and Cook-Off city and two (2) nights hotel accommodations (1 room, double occupancy).
Four (4) National Finalist Prizes:
Each National Finalist will receive (2) nights double occupancy hotel accommodations in St. Helena, CA, economy-class airfare for two (2) between Finalist’s home and a Bay Area Airport (SMF, SFO or OAK), entry for two (2) to a welcome reception and dinner, breakfast for two (2) daily, reimbursement of rental car for duration of two night stay in St. Helena, CA, ground transportation for two (2) to and from all sponsored activities as needed and (1) $200 pre-paid debit card to be used for additional meals or at the discretion of the Finalist.
One (1) Grand-Prize Winner:
The Grand-Prize Winner will receive $25,000 cash. Prize will be awarded as a check payable to the winner. The check will be issued three (3) to four (4) weeks after the National Finalist Cook-Off date.
Each Semi-Finalist will have access to his/her own 6-foot table/prep station (list of cooking station supplies below) and Weber Gas Grill. The grill will have 3 stainless steel burners, 669 square inches of total cooking area and 39,000 BTU-per-hour input on the main burners. Additionally, they will be provided with the recommended varietal of Sutter Home Wine for pairing and a $200 pre-paid debit card for required burger ingredients and equipment. Any necessary equipment that is not listed below is the responsibility of the Semi-Finalist to provide.
Semi-Finals Cooking Station Supplies
1 Set Nesting Mixing Bowls
1 Mixing Spoon
1 Set Measuring Cups
1 Set Measuring Spoons
1 Cutting Board
1 Grill Set (knife included)
5 Serving Plates (used for presenting to judges)
Manual Food Processor
Each National Finalist will have access to his/her own prep station (list of cooking station supplies below) and Weber Gas Grill. The grill will have 3 stainless steel burners, 669 square inches of total cooking area and 43,500 BTU-per-hour input on the main burners. Prior to the Cook-Off, National Finalist must provide Sutter Home with a list of all required ingredients for his/her burger recipe. All readily available ingredients will provided, however any specialty equipment or ingredients outside of those provided will be the responsibility of the National Finalist.
National Finals Cooking Station Supplies
1 Ice Chest (with 20 pounds ice)
1 Spatula – 14”
1 Fork – 13”
1 Chef’s Knife – 8”
1 Paring Knife – 5”
1 Bread Knife
1 Basting Brush
1 Set of Long Tongs
1 Box of Toothpicks
25 8” Food Picks (used for presenting to judges)
2 Large Mixing Spoons
1 Large Bowl – 4 Gallon
2 5-Quart Mixing Bowls
1 14” Serving Platter (used for presenting to judges)
10 Paper Dinner Plates
1 Set Measuring Cups – Liquid
1 Set Measuring Cups – Dry Ingredients
4 Cutting Boards
1 Bin For Transporting Items
2 Wash Basins
1 Food Processor (to be shared by all finalists)
1 Blender (to be shared by all finalists)
Six (6) burgers or twelve (12) sliders must be prepared within the sixty (60) minute time frame. Finalists are then encouraged to make additional burgers or sliders for spectators. Spectator tasting is not part of the judging criteria or process.
Yes, Regional and National Finalists have sixty (60) minutes to prepare, cook, and plate their burgers.